The Journal News recently ran an opinion editorial about New York’s antiquated ‘Scaffold Law’ which was written by LRANY’s Scott Hobson. The piece explains our state’s desperate need to reform this unfair law.
“New York’s “Scaffold Law” remains the last in the nation, a relic of bygone days and an unsightly monument to the state legislature’s inability to put policy ahead of politics.
First enacted in the late 19th century, the Scaffold Law propagated a dramatic and unprecedented shift in construction safety. The law forced upon property owners and contractors the full responsibility to provide adequate safety equipment for employees working at height. But over the years, intervening factors lessened the law’s usefulness to the point of obsolescence.”